Movies next for Maz­ina

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Kapi-Mana News caught up with the self­de­scribed proud Porirua prop­erty mag­nate.

Not con­tent with just run­ning her prop­erty business or cof­fee shop, Maz­ina Jalal is also train­ing to be­come a pilot and pro­duc­ing a movie about her life.

What’s your favourite place in Porirua?

The East. This is the hub and the lo­cal shops are the best and clean­est shops.

There is so much ta­lent up here among the young peo­ple and it’s friendly which is why I love do­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity.

I’ve been spon­sor­ing sports for 20 years, but now I have my own team. If it wasn’t for the peo­ple of Porirua I wouldn’t have made what I have got. They’ve been good to me

How long have you lived in Porirua for?

I’ve been here for 26 years - 231⁄ years in the Four Square and Lotto, and the cof­fee shop for nearly two years. The Four Square was too busy and too stress­ful so I wanted some­thing a bit more sim­ple, which is why I opened the cof­fee shop. I’m now open­ing a hair sa­lon.

What are the changes you’ve seen in the area?

I’ve seen kids hav­ing kids - they come back as adults ask­ing if I re­mem­ber them. The at­ti­tude has changed and peo­ple are bet­ter. There’s many peo­ple that have been to univer­sity. I have my fin­ger on the pulse here - I have that Oprah Win­frey touch.

What do you do when you’re not at the shop?

I’m al­ways busy and I don’t sleep. I’m al­ways think­ing of the next com­mu­nity pro­gramme I can do. I have a movie to be re­leased early next year, it’s called Sh­erni - which means Lioness. It’s about my strug­gles and my niece plays me.

The movie was made by lo­cal Porirua ta­lent who don’t have jobs. The Film Com­mis­sion is go­ing to meet with me next year and help me fin­ish it and get it done.

I funded the movie, no­body got paid, just with petrol vouch­ers and food.

Why­movies?

I want to be the next Peter Jack­son - I’d like a mini film stu­dio here in Porirua East and cre­ate 20 jobs.

I’m also train­ing to be a pilot. I’ve been do­ing it since Septem­ber and I love it. I’m the only woman train­ing in Kapiti right now and I’ve done 18 flights. I fly in an aer­o­batic plane and love the feel­ing of be­ing high in the sky. It’s not as high as the com­mer­cial planes but it’s high enough.

If you could choose three peo­ple to in­vite to din­ner who would it be?

My other half Jerry who’s a fire­man and Kirsty who runs my shop - she’s my right hand man and we’re like sis­ters.

How do you re­lax?

I don’t sleep. I have a rental and prop­erty business of res­i­den­tial houses and shops.

I study for my pilot’s li­cence and read about mak­ing movies.

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